LTCY Faculty & Staff

Laurie Elish-Piper

Laurie Elish-Piper

TITLE: Presidential Teaching Professor
Literacy Education
Director, Literacy Clinic
AREA: Faculty
OFFICE: Graham Hall 119M
PHONE: (815) 753-8487
FAX: (815) 753-8563
E-MAIL: laurieep@niu.edu

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., The University of Akron
  • M.S., Purdue University
  • B.S., Saint Joseph's College

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Dr. Elish-Piper teaches graduate courses in literacy assessment and instruction, adult literacy, and literacy research. Her research interests include literacy coaching, literacy leadership, literacy teacher education, family literacy, adult literacy, and developing home-school connections related to literacy. 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S.K. (2014). The Common Core Coaching Book: Strategies to Help Teachers Address the K-5 ELA Standards. New York: Guilford Press.  
  • Elish-Piper, L., Matthews, M. W., Risko, V. J. (2013). Invisibility: An unintended consequence of standards, tests, and mandates. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 9(2), 4-23.
  • Elish-Piper, L. (2013). The transformative power of ALER: Growing professionally through mentoring, collegiality, and friendship. Literacy is Transformative: Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Yearbook (vol. 35, pp. 33-38).
  • Elish-Piper, L., Almburg, A. T., Di Domenico, P., Gardner, M., Henry, M. P., Hinrichs, S. R., King, E., Lesinski, R., Schneider, T., Sokolinski, S. (2013). Getting the school year off to a great start: Strategies for building positive relationships and communication with families pre-K-12. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 41(4), 51-57.
  • Elish-Piper, L. (2013). Linking home and school to address the Common Core State Standards in writing, speaking, listening, and language. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 41(3), 56-59.
  • Elish-Piper, L. (2013). Linking home and school to address the Common Core State Standards in reading. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 41(2), 58-61.
  • Lelko, M. C., Elish-Piper, L. (2013). Promoting parental involvement through a school, family, community partnership. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 1, 55-62.
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., L'Allier, S. K. (2012). Literacy Strategies for Teacher Candidates. Boston, MA: Pearson. [BOOK]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., Hinrichs, S., Morley, S., Williams, M. (2012). The Assessment to Instructional Planning (ATIP) Framework:  A Multidimensional, Contextualized Approach to Using Assessment to Plan Instruction. In Evan Ortlieb and Earl H. Cheek Jr. (Eds.), Using Informative Assessments Towards Effective Instruction (vol. 1, pp. 251-292). Bingley: Emerald. [CHAPTER]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., Almburg, A., Di Domenico, P., Henry, M., Morley, S., Sokolinski, S. (2012). "You Changed My Life."  Big Ideas from the Field to Promote Meaningful Parent Involvement in Reading. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 40(3), 55-60. [COLUMN]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A. (2012). What Parents Want Teachers to Know (But May Be Afraid or Hesitant to Share). Illinois Reading Council Journal, 40(2), 55-58. [COLUMN]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., Witte, P. (2012). Engaging Diverse Families Through Home Visits:  Blue Paper Cranes and Other Unexpected Lessons. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 40(1), 46-49. [COLUMN]
  • L'Allier, S. K., Elish-Piper, L. A. (2012). The Literacy Coaching Series. Elburn, IL: LearnSure, Inc.. http://www.theliteracycoachingseries.com . [DVD SERIES]
  • L'Allier, S. K., & Elish-Piper, L. A. (2011). Literacy Coaches in Elementary Schools. In Rita M. Bean & Allison Swan Daegen (Ed.), (pp. 43-62). New York: Guilford. [CHAPTER]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., & L'Allier, S. K. (2011). Examining the Relationship between Literacy Coaching and Reading Gains in Grades K-3. Elementary School Journal, 112(1), 83-106.  [ARTICLE]
  • Elish-Piper, L. & Hinrichs, S.R. (2010). Writing summaries of expository text using the magnet summary strategy. In B. Moss & D. Lapp (Eds.). Teaching new literacies in grades K-3 (pp.298-308). New York: Guilford. [Book Chapter]
  • Elish-Piper, L. & Hinrichs, S.R. (2010). Writing summaries of expository text using the magnet summary strategy. In B. Moss & D. Lapp (Eds.). Teaching new literacies in grades 4-6 (pp.327-339). New York: Guilford. [Book Chapter]
  • Elish-Piper, L. & L’Allier, S.K. (2010). Exploring the relationship between literacy coaching and student reading achievement in Grades K-1. Literacy Research and Instruction, 49, 162-174.
  • L’Allier, S.K., Elish-Piper, L., & Bean, R.M. (2010). What matters for elementary literacy coaching? A Guiding principles for instructional improvement and student achievement. The Reading Teacher, 63, 544-554.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS:

  • Manderino, M., Di Domenico*, P., Elish-Piper, L. A., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, December). Disciplinary Literacy Coaching: Building on Teachers' Knowledge. Literacy Research Association, Dallas, TX. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., Manderino, M., & Berne, J. (2013, December). Transforming School-Wide Literacy Instruction: Outcomes of a Literacy Leadership Academy for K-12 School Administrators. Literacy Research Association, Dallas, TX. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, November). Coaching Teachers to Support Literacy for All Learners. Literacy for All Conference, Providence, RI. [Invited]
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, November). Using Effective Coaching Language to Promote Successful Teacher / Coach Interactions. Literacy for All Conference, Providence, RI. [Invited]
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, November). Working with Your School's Literacy Coach / Reading Specialist: How Collaboration Can Enhance Students' Literacy Learning. Literacy for All Conference, Providence, RI. [Invited]
  • Elish-Piper, L., Manderino, M., & Di Domenico, P. (2013, November). Disciplinary Literacy Coaching: Research-Based Approaches to Real Classroom Challenges. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Dallas, TX. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A. (2013, October). Literacy Lessons from the Heartland. Ohio Council of the International Reading Association Conference. [Keynote]
  • Marinak, B., Bean, R., Calo, C., Cassidy, J., Elish-Piper, L., Goatley, V., Kern, D., L'Allier, S. K., Mason, P., Ortlieb, E., Shettel, J., & Sturtevant, E. (2013, April). An Update: Roles and Responsibilities of Reading Specialists / Literacy Coaches. International Reading Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. [Refereed]
  • L'Allier, S. K., Di Domenico, P., Elish-Piper, L., & Manderino, M. (2013, April). Disciplinary Literacy Coaching: An Analysis of a High School Literacy Coaching Program from the Perspectives of the Researchers, Coach, and Teachers. International Reading Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.  [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L., Di Domenico, P., Henry, M. P., L'Allier, S. K., & Manderino, M. (2013, April). Literacy Coaching in the Disciplines at the Secondary Level: Putting the Common Core Standards into Practice. International Reading Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, March). "Congratulations, You're a Literacy Coach Too!" Strategies for Embedding Effective Literacy Coaching in the Daily Work of Reading Teachers, Specialists, and Interventionists. Illinois Reading Council, Springfield IL.  [Invited]
  • Elish-Piper, L.., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, March). "So, I'm Supposed to Work with the Literacy Coach?" Understanding Opportunities and Outcomes for K-5 Teachers and Their Students. Illinois Reading Council Conference, Springfield, IL. [Invited]
  • Alvarez, M., Elish-Piper, L. A., Matthews, M., & Risko, V. (2012, December). Sherlock Holmes Isn't Elementary. American Reading Forum, Sanibel Island, FL. [REFEREED]
  • L'Allier, S. K., Manderino, M., Di Domenico, P., & Elish-Piper, L. A. (2012, November).
    Disciplinary Literacy Coaching: Examining High School Literacy Coaching from Three Perspectives. Literacy Research Association, San Diego, CA. [REFEREED]
  • Ortlieb, E., Cheek, E. H., Bowers, E., Dennis, D., Elish-Piper, L. A., Grandstaff-Beckers, G.,
    Rodgers, E., Wilson, K. M., Verlaan, W., & Xu, S. (2012, November). Using Informative Assessments Towards Effective Literacy Practices. Literacy Research Association, San Diego, CA. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. (2012, November).  The Transformative Power of ALER: Growing
    Professionally Through Mentorship, Collegiality, and Friendship
    . Keynote Presentation, New Member Luncheon, Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Grand Rapids, MI. [INVITED]
  • L’Allier, S.K., & Elish-Piper, L. (2012, November).  Transforming Teacher Practice and
    Student Learning Through Literacy Coaching
    . Workshop presented at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. [REFEREED]
  • Ortlieb, E., Cheek, E., Johns, J., Walker-Dahlhouse, D., Perkins, H., Elish-Piper, L., Pearce,
    D., Verlaan, W., Mohr, K., Risko, V., & Daniel, M. (2012, November). Utilizing Informative Assessments Towards Effective Literacy Practices. Symposium presented at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. [REFEREED]
  • Sturtevant, E.G., Elish-Piper, L., Fleener, C., & Linek, W. (2012, November). Conducting a
    Successful Academic Job Search: Strategies, Insights, and Inside Tips from Experienced Literacy Faculty and Administrators
    . Workshop presented at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. [REFEREED]
  • Manderino, M., DiDomenico, P., Henry, M., Hampton, M., Elish-Piper, L. & L’Allier, S.
    (2012, November). High School Literacy Coaching: The Role of the Literacy Coach in Disciplinary Literacy Contexts. Symposium presented at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A. (2012, July). Boys' Book Clubs: Building Reading Interest in Boys Ages 8-
    11
    . Paper presented at United Kingdom Literacy Association International Conference, Leicester, England. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., L'Allier, S. K., Di Domenico, P., Manderino, M., Hyink, J., Henry, M., & Lesinski, R. (2012, April). Literacy Coaching at the Secondary Level: Promising Practices for Success. Paper presented at International Reading Association, Chicago, IL. [REFEREED]
  • L'Allier, S. K., & Elish-Piper, L. A. (2012, April). Improving Teaching and Learning
    Through Literacy Coaching.
    Paper presented at International Reading Association, Chicago, IL. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., & Killian, L. (2012, March). Mythbusting Boys and Books:  What Do
    They Really Like and Want?
    Paper presented at Illinois Reading Council, Springfield, IL. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., & L'Allier, S. K. (2012, March). Literacy Coaching Language That
    Promotes Teacher Learning.
    Paper presented at Illinois Reading Council, Springfield, IL. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A. (2012, February). The Promises, Products, and Pitfalls of Literacy
    Coaching.
    Keynote session presented at Will County Reading Council Conference, Romeoville, IL. [INVITED KEYNOTE]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A. (2011, July). Literacy Coaching and Student Literacy Achievement. Paper
    presented at United Kingdom Literacy Association International Conference, Chester, England. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., & L'Allier, S. K. (2011, May). Literacy Coaching: Principles for
    Instructional Improvement and Student Achievement
    . Paper presented at International Reading Association Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., & L'Allier, S. K. (2011, April). Effective Language Use as a Keystone of
    Literacy Coaching
    . Paper presented at International Literacy Coaching Summit, Philadelphia, PA. [REFEREED]
  • Armstrong, S. L., Marino, A., Elish-Piper, L. A., Mona, M., & Vicki, R. (2010, December).
    Beyond the Status Quo:  Teaching Next Chapter Readers. Paper presented at American Reading Forum, Sanibel Island, FL. [REFEREED]
  • L'Allier, S. K., & Elish-Piper, L. A. (2010, December). Understanding the relationship
    between literacy coaching and student reading and writing achievement in grades K-8
    . Paper presented at Literacy Research Association, Fort Worth, TX. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A. (2010, November). Literacy Lessons for a Lifetime. Presidential Address
    Presented at Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Omaha, NE. [INVITED]
  • Elish-Piper, L. (2010, October).  Parents as partners in literacy.  Keynote Presentation at the
    Harvest Literacy Conference, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL. [INVITED KEYNOTE]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., & L'Allier, S. K. (2010, April). Literacy coaching and student reading
    and writing achievement in grades K-8:  Is there a relationship?.
    Paper presented at International Reading Association, Chicago, IL. [REFEREED]
  • Elish-Piper, L., L’Allier, S., Donahue-Barrett, K., & Sword-Peterson, A. (April, 2010). Differentiated literacy coaching: Multiple paths to improving teacher practice and student reading achievement. Presentation at the 55th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association. Chicago, IL. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L’Allier, S.K. (April, 2010). Literacy coaching and student reading and writing achievement in grades K-8: Is there a relationship? Research Poster Session Presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association. Chicago, IL [Refereed]

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Board of Directors, International Reading Association, (2013-2016)
  • Presidential Teaching Professor Award (2009-2013)
  • President Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (2009-2010)
  • Co-Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy (2008-Present)
  • Exceptional Contributions to Teaching, College of Education of Northern Illinois University
    Award, 2005

CLASSES CURRENTLY BEING TAUGHT

  • LTRE 530